AGRICULTURE: The Delfino Trail

Jim Delfino's cowboy boots are old and scuffed. His Stetson is sweat stained, and his jeans are dirty from the hard labor of running his family's $10 million cattle, farming and packing business in California. He is a taciturn, hard-bitten cowpoke, but he has the U.S. livestock industry in an uproar. Cattle and sheep associations throughout the West accuse him of everything from anti-Americanism to stealing away the livelihood of the U.S. rancher. Jim Delfino, fed up with the marginal profits of the domestic livestock industry, has gambled $500,000 that he can make more money by importing cattle and...

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